Weekend Box Office Report: March 26 – 28, 2021

The weekend box office report is provided by Daniel Garris, courtesy of BoxOfficeReport.com.

Weekend Estimates Update:

Universal’s Nobody debuted in first place this weekend with an estimated $6.70 million. The Ilya Naishuller directed action thriller starring Bob Odenkirk opened on the high end of consensus expectations, which is also a good sign for the theatrical industry as a whole as it continues on its road to recovery. Nobody registered the seventh largest opening weekend of any film since the re-opening of domestic theatres back in August. Nobody opened an impressive 43 percent ahead of the $4.70 million start of The Little Things last month. Nobody was helped out this weekend by its strong critical reviews and by the recovering marketplace in general (which has been boosted by the re-opening of theatres in New York City and Los Angeles in recent weeks). It was especially important for Nobody to get off to a good start this weekend with Warner’s highly anticipated Godzilla vs. Kong entering the domestic marketplace this coming Wednesday.

The audience breakdown for Nobody skewed heavily towards males (62 percent) and towards moviegoers over the age of 25 (73 percent), though it should also be noted that the film played well with moviegoers in the 25 – 34 demo (which made up 29 percent of the film’s audience). Like critics, audiences appear to be enjoying Nobody as the film received a healthy A- rating on CinemaScore. While Nobody will likely take a sizable hit from Godzilla vs. Kong next weekend, beyond next weekend Nobody will have a strong chance of holding up well. Internationally, Nobody grossed an estimated $1.18 million from just 4 international markets. Through Sunday, respective estimated totals for Nobody stand at $5.03 million internationally and $11.73 million globally. Current international totals for Nobody include $2.3 million in Russia, $2.0 million in Saudi Arabia and $0.66 million in the United Arab Emirates. Nobody will open in Australia this coming Thursday (April 1) and in South Korea the following Wednesday (April 7).

After leading the box office each of the past three frames, Disney’s Raya and the Last Dragon was down one spot to claim second place this weekend with an estimated $3.50 million. Raya and the Last Dragon declined a very solid 32 percent from last weekend’s performance. In addition to coming off of last weekend’s inflated holds from the re-opening of Los Angeles theatres, it appears that holdovers in general took a larger than expected hit from the debut of Nobody this weekend. Thanks in part to strong holding power, the 24-day total for Raya and the Last Dragon stands at $28.39 million. That gives the film a current total gross to opening weekend ratio of 3.34 to 1. Raya and the Last Dragon (and Tom & Jerry) won’t be facing any new direct competition from new animated films until June 4 when Universal and DreamWorks Animation’s Spirit Untamed enters the marketplace. Internationally, Raya and the Last Dragon grossed an estimated $3.9 million this weekend from 28 markets. Respective current total grosses for Raya and the Last Dragon stand at $54.2 million internationally and $82.6 million globally. Current total grosses for Raya and the Last Dragon by international market include $18.7 million in China, $10.9 million in Russia, $4.4 million in Australia, $2.5 million in South Korea and $2.5 million in Japan.

Warner’s Tom & Jerry was down one place from last weekend to land in third with an estimated $2.51 million. That represented a solid 34 percent decrease, but like Raya and the Last DragonTom & Jerry did experience a sharper than expected decline this weekend. Tom & Jerry has grossed a solid $37.07 million through 31 days and will surpass the $40 million domestic mark before much longer. Also of note is that today marks the last day that Tom & Jerry will be available on HBO Max (for now). Internationally, Tom & Jerry grossed an estimated $2.7 million this weekend from 42 markets, including a debut of $0.56 million in Spain. Through Sunday, respective totals for Tom & Jerry stand at $48.3 million internationally and $85.4 million globally. Additional current total grosses for the film by market include $15.9 million in China, $7.9 million in Russia, $3.7 million in Japan, $2.5 million in Mexico and $2.0 million in the United Arab Emirates. Tom & Jerry will open in Australia this coming Thursday.

Lionsgate’s Chaos Walking fell one spot from last weekend to claim fourth place with an estimated $1.19 million. That was down a respectable 38 percent from last weekend’s performance. Thanks in part to stronger than typical holding power for a young adult sci-fi film, the pricey Chaos Walking has grossed $11.47 million through 24 days. Chaos Walking has now surpassed the $10.48 million final reported total domestic gross of last year’s Come PlayChaos Walking is likely to take a significant hit next weekend from Godzilla vs. Kong being unleashed into the domestic marketplace.

Roadside’s The Courier was down one spot and a sizable 45 percent in its second frame to round out this weekend’s top five with an estimated $1.04 million. Despite good critical reviews and playing in 208 more locations this weekend than last weekend, The Courier was unable to have a strong second weekend hold due in part to having too much audience overlap with Nobody (which likely also helped inflate last weekend’s debut a bit). The ten-day performance for The Courier stands at $3.48 million.

Universal and DreamWorks Animation’s The Croods: A New Age claimed sixth place with an estimated $0.54 million. The Croods: A New Age continued to hold up extremely well this weekend by declining only 14 percent. The 124-day total for The Croods: A New Age stands at $55.97 million, which gives the film a strong current total gross to opening weekend ratio of 5.76 to 1. After taking in an estimated $0.12 million internationally this weekend, respective totals for The Croods: A New Age stand at $105.0 million internationally and $160.9 million globally.

The international marketplace had much needed good news this weekend with the strong $121.8 million estimated debut of Warner’s Godzilla vs. Kong from 38 markets. Godzilla vs. Kong grossed an excellent $70.3 million in China, with $9.4 million (13 percent) of that gross coming from IMAX screens. In total, Godzilla vs. Kong grossed $12.4 million this weekend from international IMAX screens, which made up 10 percent of this weekend’s total international gross. Additional international debuts by market for Godzilla vs. Kong this weekend included $6.3 million in Mexico, $6.3 million in Australia, $5.8 million in Russia, $5.2 million in Taiwan, $4.8 million in India, $3.4 million in Thailand and $2.8 million in South Korea. Domestically, Godzilla vs. Kong will open this coming Wednesday day-and-date theatrically and via streaming on HBO Max.

With the strong debut of Godzilla vs. Kong in China, Disney and 20th Century’s re-issue of Avatar understandably slowed this weekend with an estimated $3.5 million. To date, the re-issue total of Avatar in China stands at an impressive $51.7 million. All-time record holding lifetime grosses for Avatar currently stand at $2.0809 billion internationally and $2.8414 billion globally. James Cameron’s long-awaited Avatar 2 is currently scheduled to be released domestically by Disney and 20th Century on December 16, 2022.

In additional international box office news, Sony’ Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway debuted in Australia with an estimated $2.1 million. Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway will open in additional international markets beginning in mid-May and is currently scheduled to open domestically on July 2.

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